There are a handful of maintenance duties landlords should watch for on a regular basis. Staying on top of these tasks will allow you to save money in the long run and keep your tenants safe and happy.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s a good idea to check these at least twice a year and be sure to change the batteries if necessary. This one can literally save lives, so it’s especially important to stay on top of it. Also, when the batteries get too low, they’ll emit a loud, high-pitched chirping that could cause your tenants to contact you in the middle of the night. Remember, the average lifespan of carbon monoxide detectors is 5 years, and smoke detectors have a useful life of 10 years.

Check Shower Caulking and Grout

Grout between tiles and caulk surrounding tubs can loosen. If this happens, you no longer have a waterproof seal and water can leak out and damage the walls or floor surrounding them. This is why it’s important to inspect these areas during your maintenance checks. As soon as you notice any cracks or holes, replace the caulking or grout to prevent water damage.

Flush the Water Heater

One or twice a year it’s important to drain the water heaters in your properties. This helps to remove the sediment that can build from the municipal water supply. If too much sediment builds, it can reduce the efficiency of your water heater or clog the drain valve. If you’re not comfortable following the specific procedures for draining the water heater, hire a professional to help.

Check for Water Damage and Leaks

After a heavy rainstorm or when ice and snow begin to melt, it’s a good idea to check for leaks. Check for any soft spots on your roofs, ceilings, and walls. Look for signs of water around windows, showers, and toilets. Water damage may also be found under sinks, boilers, and water heaters. It’s important to catch leaks early as they can cause permanent damage to walls, ceilings, and tenants possessions. It can also cause mold to form which can be very expensive to remedy.

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